Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Wood Veneer Pendant Lamp

Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Wood Veneer Pendant Lamp

Tara Bellucci
Nov 23, 2013
Maker: Sibylle
Skill Level: Moderate
Time Required: 2 hours
Project Cost: $10

We wouldn't mind having Sibylle as a sister: she made this chic and modern walnut veneer pendant for her brother. We love that she adds a golden hue to a few of the strips, but we're not judging if you keep it natural.


  • Walnut Veneer

  • Gold spray paint (optional)
  • White glue
  • Clothespins
  • HEMMA light from IKEA
  • Cutting blade or scissors


  1. Cut your veneer into strips of equal width (mine are 10cm).
  2. If you want, spray paint any number of your strips gold on one side (I painted two). Let dry completely.
  3. Take one strip of veneer and make a circle of the size you want your lamp to be. Attach the ends together with a small amount of glue, and hold them in place with a clothespin while it dries.
  4. Pick a spot on the first circle, then take another strip of veneer and attach it to that spot with glue and secure with clothespins. Then form a circle with the second piece of veneer and attach the ends. The second veneer circle should either be tucked inside of or over the first one. The idea is to get the strips to weave around and through each other to make a unique shape.
  5. Repeat the last step over and over, until you have your desired ball shape.
  6. To secure the socket, cut out a square piece of veneer, and cut a hole big enough to fit the lamp socket through. Unscrew the ring from the pendant light, place the light through the square veneer piece, and then screw the ring back on the light. Find a spot on your lamp for the light and pull the cord through. Glue the square veneer piece to the strips.
  7. Hang it!

Thanks to Sibylle for sharing the Veneer Pendant Lamp gift idea. Check out her blog, Funkytime for more of her creativity and style.

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